Sunday, July 8, 2007

More Pictures of Paintings of Food

I have always been drawn to paintings that celebrate food and the table. Possibly because I have no artistic ability myself but wish I did. There's a reason most still-lifes feature food. It is beautiful. It is deceptively simple. "Oh," you say, "an orange. It's round, it's orange, I can draw that". But then, if the you is me, you can't. Because "round" and "orange" are only the beginning. There are bumps, divots, shadings. And while I have enough of an artist's eye to see these things, transferring what I see from my eye to my hand to paper, not so much.


So I look at the paintings of others. And love them. And feel hungry.

"Still Life: Corner of a Table", Henri Fantin-Latour, 1873, oil on canvas

The Child was enamoured of this still life of fish. Here's a close-up.
"Still Life with Fish and Shells", Baron James Ensor, 1898, Oil on canvas

"The Basket of Apples", Paul Cezanne, 1893, Oil on canvas

2 comments:

Auld Hat said...

oh that Cezanne is beautiful

Red7Eric said...

They're all seriously gorgeous.